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Spaghetti Bolognese


Lucinda's version of bolognese sauce takes just a third of the time of the original to prepare. Serve it over spaghetti or any pasta you may have in the pantry. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

  • Servings: 6

Source: Mad Hungry, March 2011


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced (1/2 cup)
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 4 ounces pancetta, finely diced (optional)
  • 1 pound ground beef, or a combination of beef and pork
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup red or white wine
  • One 28-ounce can best-quality tomatoes, pulsed in a blender
  • 1/2 cup cream or milk
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 1 pound spaghetti or other pasta
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat a saucepan over low heat. Add the olive oil, onion, carrot, and celery and saute over low heat until lightly caramelized, about 12 minutes. Add the pancetta and beef and cook, separating the meat into small pieces, until browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain off most of the fat. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt.

  2. Pour the wine into the beef mixture to deglaze the pan; stir to loosen the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes, until the wine is almost evaporated. Add the tomatoes and stir in the cream, black pepper, and red-pepper flakes. Gently simmer for about 40 minutes, until the sauce has reduced and thickened.

  3. Start cooking the spaghetti when the sauce is within 10 minutes of being done. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the spaghetti and a generous pinch of salt to the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain.

  4. Stir the butter into the bolognese sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon the sauce over the pasta and serve with grated Parmesan cheese on top.

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  • b braun24
    24 NOV, 2013
    think i can leave out the heavy cream? Is it essential to this recipe? I keep kosher so we don't mix dairy and meat
  • weeziee
    29 JAN, 2013
    D-lish! I didn't have the pancetta and i used ground turkey. I also used speghetti squash instead of noodles. Everyone loved it! I will be making this my go to meal in my home.
  • lorenelizabeth
    18 MAR, 2011
    I loved this recipe. I really enjoy cooking it and the color of my sauce was beautiful. I went by your recipe exactly. Bon Appetite! Thank you for sharing!
  • mattafer
    13 MAR, 2011
    This was SO good. I didn't have the pancetta, but made it with ground sirloin, so I didn't have to drain, which now watching the video, she says not to. But it was still excellent, the kids LOVED it!!
  • goecke5203884
    11 MAR, 2011
    Excellent. I made this with ground dark meat turkey instead of the beef. Came really well.
  • annapell
    1 MAR, 2011
    Very good! I made this tonight after seeing it this morning on the show. I used beef. It came out perfectly and this will definitely become part of my repertoire.